All along, I’ve been planning on this race being sort of a “redemption race.” My first half marathon in June was really, really rough. I had trained pretty well and thought I was prepared for just about anything. I had set my sights on a goal of finishing sub 2:30. But as you may recall, it was not great. Race day was hot and humid, and the course was 13 miles of un-shaded highway. I finished with a respectable time of 2:41 and change, but the entire experience of running the race was pretty miserable.
At the outset of training for this half, I was hopeful that cooler fall temperatures, lower humidity, and more training would net me a PR and a more positive racing experience. Training started out strong, and I felt sure a PR was within reach. Now, however, I’ve had a few consecutive weeks of little-to-no training. I also haven’t done a long run of more than 9 miles. All week, I’ve been torn between being determined to go for my goal and being afraid that if I go all-out, I’ll kill myself.
But today, I’ve decided that I’m going for it. I don’t have plans to do any more half marathons until the spring, and I don’t plan to run any distances longer than 10k for a good long while, so I’m going to give it my all on Sunday, and try to achieve what I set out to do when I started training in August. And if it doesn’t happen, I can just bide my time until next year, cross-train my butt off over the winter (hello, nordic skiing!), and come back in the spring ready to kick butt.
So after that long, rambling introduction, here are my goals:
- Finish sub-2:30
- PR (anything faster than 2:41)
- Only walk while taking fuel/drinking water
- Enjoy the run (at least more than the June half!)
What’s your current half marathon PR?